Michael graduated with a BSc from Sussex University in 1981 and then in 1985 completed a DPhil in the electronic properties of metals at cryogenic temperatures. After postdoctoral work at Bristol University, he was appointed a lecturer at the University of London in 1987, and joined NPL in 2000.
Michael is a chartered physicist, a member of the Institute of Physics, and in 2009 was awarded an MBE for services to Science.
Areas of interest
Dr Michael de Podesta's wide-ranging research interests concern all aspects of temperature measurement: from building the most accurate thermometer ever made; to developing industrial sensors capable of surviving harsh conditions; to measuring the temperature underneath the wheel of a train travelling at over one hundred miles per hour; to representing NPL on the steering committee of the International Surface Temperature Initiative.
Michael's wide-ranging research interests concern all aspects of temperature measurement, and he is an active science communicator.
Read about Michael's main area of research
Michael is an active science communicator and writes a blog at ‘protons for breakfast’